Saturday, October 31, 2009

November Newsletter

Here is the latest update from Doug regarding ministry.

Doug baptizing Reuben in the Atlantic Ocean
Luis, Lourdes, and Laura

We thank the Lord for allowing us to serve Him here in the Canary Islands. We have seen some growth in the people we are discipling, and our church is growing slowly and the Lord is adding to our numbers. We had about 33 people in attendance two weeks ago, which may not seem like a large number to those of you in the states, but here in Spain it is an encouragement to us as it is not easy to get people to come to a Bible preaching church. We were blessed with a number of visitors during the month of October. Chesster and his mother Merli brought 3 of their Filipino friends to church with them, and they have visited several times.

I decided to go back and revisit some of the apartment buildings near our church; I had canvassed the area a year ago when we first started the church. A few weeks ago I met a Cuban family at one of the doors, and they told me they were saved in Cuba many years ago, but were looking for a Baptist church here in Tenerife. They received our literature at their door over a year ago, but for some reason never came to visit until recently. They have been coming to Sunday services and Thursday evening prayer meetings.

Last Sunday I preached a message from Luke 16:19 about heaven and hell, and asked the people where they were going to spend eternity. One man was visiting for the first time—we met him the day before on visitation. Reuben told me that he wanted to be saved after hearing the message, but for some reason waited until Monday, praying with Pedro, the man who attends our church who heads up the men’s home. Reuben wanted to be baptized, so this past Friday we baptized him in the Atlantic Ocean.

Please pray for R., he hasn’t been coming to our church for a while but showed up last Sunday. He says he has been off drugs and alcohol which is a blessing. Another young lady V. is having some struggles and could use prayer as well. M. J. has been faithfully coming to church, and has H1N1. She is a single parent and works many hours and really can’t afford to be sick.

I have had some good visits with a young woman named Melane and a man named Ricardo, and another named Pietra. Please pray for their salvation. We also ask prayer for Pedro and the Men’s home—they recently were notified they are going to receive grant money from the government so they can build workshops to help the unemployed men gain skills.

Thanks for your faithful prayers and support, the Schwaderer Family

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Fiery Trials

I remember way back when we were missionaries in Mexico and we had four young children all under the age of six, thinking to myself, "I can't wait til my kids grow up so they can be a little more independent." I suppose I felt a little overwhelmed at times with the constant needs of my little ones, in addition to raising them on the mission field and the additional stresses that can add to family life. One of the trials we dealt with in Mexico was trying to keep them healthy--I had to be careful about what they ate, drank, and put in their mouth or else they would end up with parasites, or some other ailment.

Now as our first four children have reached adulthood, I find myself "worrying" about them in different ways. I find myself taking their trials upon myself, feeling their pain as they experience the everyday problems of life. Parents don't want to see their children suffer--so we want to fix every situation and do what we can to deliver them from the unpleasant circumstances in life. The trials of can be fiery at times, and who wants to see their children go through the fire?

The problem with this is that God uses these situations to grow and mature them. Suffering is sometimes necessary in our lives to purge us, and make us stronger. I have to somehow look aside and realize that God is working in their lives, and not let my emotions become too deeply involved--something I haven't been too successful at because of the love I have for them.

I have been meditating a great deal in the book of Philippians lately, where the apostle Paul instructs us to "Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God." (Phil. 4:6)
Moreover, I Peter 5:7 commands us "Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you."

How often do we fail to turn our worries into prayer, and cast them upon the God who cares for us and for them, and promises to make intercession for us according to the will of God, and work all things together for good to those who love Him. How often do I pray for God to work in a specific situation, then five minutes later take the same problem back upon myself, and let it steal my joy and peace?

Philippians 4:7 tells us that if we are diligent to do what is written in verse six, then "And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus" will follow.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Cesar and Marisa's Baptism













Cesar and Marissa


Today was great day at church, first of all, a couple that we have been studying the Bible with on the south side of the island got baptized, and after church we had a special dinner at our house with most everyone in attendance. Pedro cooked a delicious meal of rabbit (Canary style), white lasagna, and fried potatoes. Best of all, I didn't have to do any cooking, I just made punch and made sure everyone had everything they needed. The ladies (and Pedro) all pitched in and did the dishes afterwards.


I thought I would post a few pictures from the event. One picture is of the couple being baptized, and the rest are random photos of the fellowship.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Foods You Can't Find in the Canary Islands

This post is mainly for fun, I thought I would compile a list of foods that are not available here in the Canary Islands, or extremely hard to find, and if you did find them they would be really expensive.

I have learned to live without, make do, and be creative in my substitutions. I don't really miss anything from the states, but there are a few items I have my daughters bring me when they come to visit.

Anyway, here is the list that I have compiled:

Baking:

Vanilla Extract (they have things like essence of vanilla, but it has other flavors mixed in)
Other extracts, such as almond, mint, and flavorings

Crisco or vegetable shortening (they do sell animal lard in the meat dept. but I do fine without it and it is probably much healthier to cook without it)

Non-stick spray oils, such as Pam

Chocolate Chips (we substitute baking chocolate bars cut up into chunks, so we make choc. chunk cookies instead)
Any type of baking chips such as peanut butter, butterscotch, white chocolate

American cake mixes, brownie mixes, cookie mixes

Corn syrup (they do have a syrup imported from England which is similar, make from beet sugar)

Soft light brown sugar--nothing here resembles the texture of good American brown sugar

Bagels, english muffins, soft pretzels

Canned goods and various staples:

canned pumpkin

canned pie fillings--(Rebekah really misses cherry pie filling, the kind you put on top of cheesecake)

Soups like Campbells--(you don't realize how many recipes call for canned mushroom soup, or cream soups)

pancake syrup

cranberry sauce (Miss this at Thanksgiving)

salad dressings (they do have a few very small bottles, but very expensive, and not much variety)

certain diet foods, like sugar free puddings, sugar free jello

Flavored coffee, flavored creamers, and flavored syrups made for coffee
Drink mixes like Crystal Light, Kool-Aid
Dr. Pepper, Mountain Dew
Instant Hot Cocoa mix, like Swiss Miss, and sugar free cocoa mix

Spaghetti sauce like Ragu, or Prego (they have a few things in jars about the size of baby food jars, really cost prohibitive for a family)

Pizza sauce

Misc. items:

Frozen juice concentrate

blueberries

Cool Whip

Sour Cream

Ice cream toppings in a jar like hot fudge sauce

Certain boxed cereals, like plain cheerios (they have sweetened ones), fruit loops (Leanna is just dying for some)

Certain candy bars--Reese cups (hard to find, but sometimes can find), Hershey kisses, butterfingers, peppermint patties (Doug's favorite)

Stuffing mix, such as Stove Top

Macaroni and Cheese Mix (such as Kraft, or any brand for that matter)

French fried onions (can't make green bean casserole without them!)

Seasoning packets, like Chili or taco and Hidden Valley salad dressings, Italian salad dressing mix, seasoning items such as Mrs. Dash, Molly McButter

Frozen convenience foods such as Tater Tots, hash browns
Prepared frozen dinners, such as Healthy choice, Lean Cuisine and many of the convenience prepared foods we have (they do have a few, but most aren't worth buying)

Velveeta Cheese

I am sure this is not a comprehensive list, but the things which came to mind. We do just fine without these things, and I am sure we are much healthier too. Is there anything on this list you just couldn't live without?

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Good News from Mozambique

A few weeks ago my son Nathan and his family packed up their belongings and made the long trip back to Mozambique, Africa for their second term as missionaries. They were home for a short furlough, due to some problems with visas, and now will be reapplying for residency there.

I was able to speak with them yesterday, and was surprised that they had already found a house to rent, in the same neighborhood as their old house. It is also a few houses down from where the church they started last term is meeting. Emily said they can walk to church--how convenient! It was encouraging to hear that the church is still going, with about 30 people. Some of them were even at the bus stop to greet them when they arrived in Maputo. I am sure that was a great encouragement to their hearts.

I had many questions for Emily, as I am very curious as to what their new home will be like. She said the new house is all on one floor, an old Portuguese style home, with a porch on the front, and a place for the kids to play outside, albeit much of it is probably dirt rather than grass. It is a constant challenge to keep the floors clean in the house, and I imagine a challenge to keep the kids clean as well! It is much smaller than their previous house, but Emily was hoping to get something a little smaller as it will be easier to clean.

The people who lived in the house before them took the water tank (not the hot water tank, but the storage tank, perhaps it would be called a cistern) with them, so they didn't have the necessary water in the house for bathing, laundry, etc. Fortunately they are able to shower at a friend's house until Nathan is able to connect the new water tank, and hook up the washing machine. Nathan is becoming quite a jack of all trades, by necessity......from plumber, electrician, mechanic, carpenter, painter and all the things that come with living on the mission field.

The house is in great need of deep cleaning, there are no closets, and a fresh coat of paint will do wonders. The people who lived there before left behind a lot of built of grease in the kitchen. The bathtub is very old and the paint worn off. I give Nathan and Emily a lot of credit for being willing to take on this challenge. I can't wait to see pictures. I know Nathan and Emily will be working hard to make this house a comfortable home.